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Tom Corn – Intrinsic Security – How Your VMware…

Tom Corn – Intrinsic Security – How Your VMware Infrastructure Can Turn the Tide in Cybersecurity

Tom Corn – Intrinsic Security – How Your VMware…

Security threats, breaches, and exploits are becoming more prevalent with no end in sight. Worse, with adoptions of cloud, new applications, and mobile digital workspace, the problem is only getting harder to solve. There must be a new approach to cybersecurity. Fortunately, the answer lies at your fingertips. For years, VMware has been building proven products for software infrastructure: vSphere, NSX, VMware Cloud, Workspace ONE. You may not consider them for security, but they are perfectly positioned to support your apps, data, and users, and when used in conjunction with security products like AppDefense, these products provide tremendous value to your security teams. Attend this showcase keynote to hear Tom Corn, VMware’s SVP/GM of…Read More

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AWS re:Invent 2019 Keynote – Amazon Goes All In with Machine Learning

My second AWS re:Invent conference this year. Here’s a recap of the Tuesday morning keynote. AWS CEO, Andy Jassy on stage.

Key announcements:

  • Low Latency, Higher throughput instances
  • Serverless Support for Kubernetes
  • Customer moving off mainframes, databases and Windows
  • Customers moving from Data Silos to Data Lakes and in need of Big Data Analytics
  • Accelerate Compute with caching, announcing Aqua to keep up with storage performance
  • #DBFreedom – Complete family of purpose-built databases
  • Complete platform for Machine Learning including SageMaker Studio, web-based IDE for ML
  • Amazon Kendra, ML search index for your enterprise connecting to your internal data sources on-prem.
  • GA of AWS Outpost for Native AWS services. VMware Cloud on AWS Outpost available in 2020.
  • Mobile Edge Comput with 5G announced with first telco provider, Verizon


AWS is the clear Cloud leader today.


New ARM based instances announced.


Low latency, higher throughput instances.


Announcing Fargate for EKS (Serverless support for K8s).

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Summary of Compute Announcements


Customers moving off mainframe, Oracle/SQL and Windows.

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ISV and SaaS Providers

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System Integrators

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Customers are moving Data Silos to Data Lakes.

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Amazon S3, the most common object store for Data Lakes today.

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Challenges managing storage access.

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Announcing S3 Access Points.

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Big data analytics options with AWS.

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Tens of thousands of customers use Redshift.

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Amazon Redshift updates.

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Announcing RA3 instances.

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Storage performance growing at 6x VS CPU

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Accelerate Compute with caching, announcing Aqua, coming mid-2020

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Announcing UltraWarm, warm storage layer for ElasticSearch


Purpose built database options. There’s one missing, managing Cassandra.

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Announcing Amazon Managed Apache Cassandra Services.

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Complete family of purpose-built databases.

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Machine Learning continues to grow with customers.

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Customers using Machines Learning with AWS.

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Cerner on stage discussing state of Healthcare. $1 Trillion wasted.

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One of the issue is “re-admission” costs. Patients go back for second round of care. Using Machine Language (ML) to predict and prevent re-admission.

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40% of physicians are depressed. Using VirtualScribe to offer better experience, so physicians can spend more time with their patients.

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Frameworks for ML

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Customer running TensorFlow in AWS.

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Faster to run ML with AWS

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Complete set of tools for ML with Amazon SageMaker.

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Announcing SageMaker Studio, web-based IDE for ML

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SageMaker Studio summary.

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Announcing Amazon Fraud Detector

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CodeGuru Profiler can detect latency and most expensive line of code.

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Announcing Amazon Connect – Contact center in the Cloud

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ML with Amazon Connect

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Announcing Amazon Kendra, ML search index for your enterprise connecting to your internal data sources on-prem.

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Amazon goes all in on ML!

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GA of AWS Outpost for Native AWS services.

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The Eight Currentcies of 5G. “You need SDN. You need to virtualize your network.” — Chairman, CEO of Verizon

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Mobile Edge Compute with 5G

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Announcing AWS Wavelength, AWS services at the Edge. Verizon as the first provider to announce Verizon 5G Edge


That wraps up the re:Invent keynote!

Food Adventures in Asia

I started my trip to Asia with a connection overnight in Hong Kong. Flights to Hong Kong or mainland China are always cheaper than direct flights to Taiwan. On the way back from Taiwan, I went south to Penang, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand.

Near Dundas St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
I should be getting some dim sum or won ton noodles in Hong Kong, but I was lazy and just ate something near my hotel. 水煮魚 (Boiled Fish) – This is a very common dish in the Sichuan province in China. The first time I tried this was when I went to Toronto, Canada on business. This dish is typically very spicy. I remember when I first ate this, my nose was running like crazy but it was so good. When I went to Chengdu, Sichuan a few years ago to visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, I had this dish again at a food court and it was super spicy there. The Sichuanese really like their spice.

Datong District, Taipei, Taiwan
I was looking for some breakfast one morning. In Asia, breakfast is not your traditional western breakfast. I ended up at a stall eating 滷肉飯 LU ROU FAN (TAIWANESE BRAISED PORK RICE) and Fish Ball Soup. This is a very common dish in Taiwan. It’s very inexpensive and you can find it almost anywhere.


Tamsui District, New Taipei City, Taiwan
阿給 (Ah-Gei) consists of a piece of fried tofu stuffed with cooked glass noodles. My cousins and I also ordered some steamed meatballs and fish balls soup for lunch.

Menu at 曾記淡水阿給 (Tamshui Ah-Gei)

Keelung Night Market, Keelung City, Taiwan
Keelung is a coastal town north of Taipei. It’s known for its seafood. They have a very good night market that has numerous food stalls. My uncle and aunt took me here on a rainy evening. We had oyster omelette, tempura, grilled crab and shrimp, braised eel soup, and 湯圓 (tangyuan).

Oyster Omelette
Stall selling Braised Eel Soup, unfortunately I forgot to get a photo of the soup.
For dessert, we had 湯圓 (Tangyuan) which is made from glutinous rice flour mixed with a small amount of water to form balls. We used to eat this to celebrate holidays such as the Lantern Festival. Now it’s common to eat it any day.

Viva Local Food Haven, Penang, Malaysia
My first time in Penang, Malaysia and I was on an adventure for food. After I checked into my hotel and took a nap, I was ready to eat. I went to this Hawker Centre (open-aired food court), since it was closed to my hotel.

Hokkien Mee
Nasi Lemak with fried chicken

Hawker Centre, Pekan Ayer Itam, Penang, Malaysia
My Grab (Southeast Asia’s version of Uber) driver recommended that I try the Curry Mee as I was going to the Laksa Stall. More on Laksa below. The Laksa stand was full of Chinese tourists when I arrived, so I decided to give the Curry Mee a try first. The bowls of noodle soup in Southeast Asia were small, so I figured I can eat 2 bowls of noodles. 🙂 The Curry Mee was very good. It is usually made with thin yellow noodles and thin Bee-Hoon (rice vermicelli) with a spicy coconut milk curry broth. The noodles dish is topped with condiments.

Penang Curry Mee

Pasar Air Itam Laksa, 1, Jalan Pasar, Pekan Ayer Itam, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
I tried to follow some of the footsteps that the late Anthony Bourdain has been. Anthony Bourdain – No Reservations Season 8 Episode 8, Penang, Malaysia. At 9:35 of this video, you can see Anthony slurping on this bowl of Laksa. Laksa is a spicy noodle soup that consists of thick wheat noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup based on either rich and spicy curry coconut milk or on sour asam. The taste was like no other I have taste. It has a very distinct seafood/fish taste to it. Definitely not for those that are not into fish.

Laksa stall at Pasar Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia
Before I stirred the Laksa noodle soup
After I stirred the Laksa noodle soup

Chulia Street, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
While walking around town, I stopped at this Wonton noodles, sometimes called Wonton Mee (Wantan Mee) place for lunch.

Wantan Mee

New Lane Street Food Stalls, Lorong Baru, Georgetown, 10450 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
It was lunch time again and I went to another Hawker Centre in the middle of George Town. This place had a variety of choices. I started with some roast duck then followed by the famous Char Koay Teow (粿條). Char Koay Teow stands for “stir-fried rice cake strips” and is a favorite among the Southeast Asia region.

Roast Duck with rice
Char Koay Teow

Restoran Nasi Kandar, Line Clear, George Town, Penang, Malaysia
This is another famous local spot that Anthony Bourdain stopped at. I was still pretty full from lunch, so I decided to get the food to go. This place is famous for Nasi Kandar. I got it with some fish and chicken. From Wikipedia: “Nasi kandar is a popular northern Malaysian dish, which originates from Penang. It was popularized by Indian Muslim traders from India. It is a meal of steamed rice which can be plain or mildly flavored, and served with a variety of curries and side dishes.”

Nasi Kandar to go from Line Clear
Nasi Kandar wrapped up to-go
Nasi Kandar with fish and chicken, unwrapped

Maxim’s, 153/1-2 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Bangkok, Thailand
By dinner time in Bangkok, I had a taste for Tom Yum soup. I went to this small restaurant for Tom Yum Kung (Shrimps/Prawns).

Tom Yum Kung Soup with Morning Glory vegetable

MBK Food Island, MBK Center, Bangkok, Thailand
I had a few hours before my flight, so I walked around the large shopping malls by Siam Centre and ended up eating lunch at the food court in MBK Center.

Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles)

Overall, I didn’t get to eat all the food I wanted. Maybe I’ll have the opportunity again in the future 🙂

Project Pacific – VMworld 2019 Deep Dive Updates

Project Pacific – VMworld 2019 Deep Dive Updates

I’m sure most readers will be somewhat familiar with VMware’s Project Pacific at this point. It really is the buzz of VMworld 2019. If I had to describe Project Pacific in as few words as possible, it is a merging of vSphere and Kubernetes (K8s) with the goal of enabling our customers to deploy new, next-gen, distributed, modern applications which may be comprised of container workloads and virtual machine workloads. Not only that, but we also need to provide our customers with a consistent…Read More

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Announcing the vRealize Operations Cloud Beta…

Announcing the vRealize Operations Cloud Beta Program

Announcing the vRealize Operations Cloud Beta…

We are thrilled that there is a lot of excitement about the release of vRealize Operations 8.0. And, in case you missed it, at VMworld 2019 US we announced the tech preview of our new SaaS offering, vRealize Operations Cloud. Today we are pleased to share the news that we will open vRealize Operations Cloud The post Announcing the vRealize Operations Cloud Beta Program appeared first on VMware Cloud Management.

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How Does Project Pacific Deliver 8% Better…

How Does Project Pacific Deliver 8% Better…

At VMworld, we claimed that vSphere Native Pods running on Project Pacific, isolated by the hypervisor, can achieve up to 8% better performance than pods on a bare-metal Linux Kubernetes node. Let’s take a deeper look to understand how this is possible.

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Announcing VMware NSX Distributed IDS/IPS

Announcing VMware NSX Distributed IDS/IPS

Six years ago, VMware pioneered the concept of micro-segmentation to stop the internal, lateral spread of malware. We then launched the NSX Service-defined Firewall, an internal firewall that’s built into the hypervisor, distributed, and application aware. Shortly thereafter we introduced NSX Intelligence to automate security rule recommendations, streamlining the deployment of micro-segmentation. Now we are The post Announcing VMware NSX Distributed IDS/IPS appeared first on Network…Read More

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Interested in the Project Pacific beta?

Interested in the Project Pacific beta?

Ever since we announced the technology preview of Project Pacific at VMworld 2019 back in August, customers and partners have been excited to hear more. It’s easy to see why. Leveraging vSphere to deploy and manage containers and Kubernetes infrastructure is a win-win for both vSphere administrators and application developers alike. While an early private The post Interested in the Project Pacific beta? appeared first on VMware vSphere Blog.

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